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Old May 17 2013, 11:26 PM   #1
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The Stephen Moffat Thread

Basically, a thread about Stephen Moffat.

Moffat Might Finally Get Sacked!

This is great news to me. I agree with many of the views here.
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Old May 17 2013, 11:32 PM   #2
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Basically, a thread about Stephen Moffat.

Moffat Might Finally Get Sacked!

This is great news to me. I agree with many of the views here.
erm, it's not really though is it...
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Old May 17 2013, 11:36 PM   #3
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I think it is good news. I've never been able to get excited about doctor who like I did when RTD was in.

I just hope this is true, although there were reports of him already haven written series 8. I'd just like to see some time with Smith without Moffat. Give Smith some good adventures.
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Old May 17 2013, 11:58 PM   #4
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I don't know who Stephen Moffat is, or why he deserves a thread. Maybe he's getting sacked from whatever job he has. Steven Moffat, on the other hand, isn't going anywhere.

I'm sure the BBC would like the ratings to be higher, and there's certainly a noticeable decline in the overnight figures, but the idea that this constitutes an overall plummet which would have the network in panic is tabloid hogwash. Someone at the Daily Mail picked up the "Whistleblower Five" nonsense or similar and spun it into an article. "Only" 4.6 million viewers. Please. I'm so bored by Moffat's version of Doctor Who that I haven't watched a new episode since August 2011, but I'm not going to pretend that means the show is in crisis.
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Old May 18 2013, 12:03 AM   #5
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4.5m is the bare bones overnight figure as opposed to the final numbers. 10+ plus viewers regularly in the RTD era pftttt.... a whole 7 episodes surpassed the 10 million barrier between 2005-2010 those being specials and series finales.

Jesus Christ! wasn't Doctor Who so much better when the Doctor traveled with a girl from a council estate, the Master watched the Teletubbies and the Daleks span round in circles...
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Old May 18 2013, 12:09 AM   #6
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I have my issues with him but I don't understand the hate he gets. RTD's era was guilty of being more childish and "meta-fanwanking" than Moffat's in my opinion. The clear break between seasons 4 and 5, showing a slicker production style and more ambitious storytelling reinvigorated my love for the series. At times, RTD made the show almost too campy.

Now that said, I think Moffat has a huge opinion of himself. He's not nearly as clever as he thinks he is, and some of his plotting in season 6 made me roll my eyes. Oh, and then there's River Song. Please for the love of God can we be rid of River Song?

But overall I think Moffat has done a good job.
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Old May 18 2013, 12:12 AM   #7
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Jesus Christ! wasn't Doctor Who so much better when the Doctor traveled with a girl from a council estate, the Master watched the Teletubbies and the Daleks span round in circles...
Exactly. Recently I went back and watched mostly the entire series with a friend who was just getting into DW, and many of the episodes I hadn't seen since they were first run, and I said to myself "Was it really this campy and silly before or was I just more forgiving?"

I still don't mind the camp. It's just that going back and watching the RTD era makes it seem more Saturday Morning Children's show than I remembered.
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Old May 18 2013, 12:23 AM   #8
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Jesus Christ! wasn't Doctor Who so much better when the Doctor traveled with a girl from a council estate, the Master watched the Teletubbies and the Daleks span round in circles...
Exactly. Recently I went back and watched mostly the entire series with a friend who was just getting into DW, and many of the episodes I hadn't seen since they were first run, and I said to myself "Was it really this campy and silly before or was I just more forgiving?"

I still don't mind the camp. It's just that going back and watching the RTD era makes it seem more Saturday Morning Children's show than I remembered.
Its come to a point where Series 1-4 have very little rewatch value to me because I'm constantly rolling my eyes. There's a few belters in there i.e. Dalek, the Paul Cornell 2 parter, Waters of Mars but for the most part I'll watch a few mins of a repeat then turn over out of frustration with the dialogue.
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Old May 18 2013, 12:31 AM   #9
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I have issues with Doctor Who for the first time with series 7 part 2 being wildy inconsistent BUT that article the OP posted is a lot of bull. Hell even with my issues the AI score for this season is still in the 80's, which beats virtually all other UK TV shows.

I don't understand the stories much
I hate this arguement, am sick of dumb down TV and I don't want Who to become that. Season 6 for me with the long drawn out Silence arc that started with the brilliant "Day of the Moon 2 parter" was Who at its best IMO.

As for the ratings, they are NOT as low as 4.5 million because people are reporting the fricking overnights, once final numbers are accounted for its around 6 million. Now that is lower compared to the past but the audience share is still around 30% so 1 in 3 people watching TV at that moment is tuned into Doctor Who + it scores high on I Player and worldwide "Doctor Who" has never been bigger. Any audience erosion is mainly down to the show being on for 8 years now, this is not the 60's or 70's anymore people do more than just watch TV. Also the BBC has yanked the show around much more than in RTD's era with earlier starts but also this annoying season split, the BBC needs to stop screwing around with Who to try n support its other failing shows.

At the end of the day Moffat should probably leave after Smith does (likely to be in 2014) just because a change every few years is not a bad thing + new Doctor but lets get our facts straight ey. RANT over
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Old May 18 2013, 01:21 AM   #10
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On the key issue... I don't see how ratings for the anniversary special can have any effect on Steve Moffat's future unless the series is going to be off air until 2015.
Think about it: to have anything on air in 2014, they have to start shooting in early 2014 or late 2013. To sack Moffat after getting the ratings for the special you have to start recruiting his successor in December, then wait while he/she works out what they want to do, writes some scripts, commissions other people to write the other scripts... there's no way anything will be shot before July 2014... by which time you've probably reached the end of Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman's contracts and have to renegotiate with them to get them back, or recast.
I'm not ruling out the possibility of Steve being shown the exit - Private Eye said 18 months ago that he was seen as 'a problem' - but he's either running the next season, or they're holding back the announcement of his already decided departure till it can be presented as a triumphal exit in November, or there'll be nothing on air between the 2013 Christmas special and, at earliest, the 2014 Christmas special.
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Old May 18 2013, 01:43 AM   #11
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Wow, that article is making a lot of of nothing. The share is high. The AIs are still high. If they did fire him, it would be for slow script writing, not the reasons they state! Oh, and Smith has said he'll be around for the 8th season.

diankra, Matt Smith himself said that they'd start filming, with him, late this year or early 2014. I'm guessing he'd know. I hope he's right!

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Old May 18 2013, 02:25 AM   #12
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I don't know who Stephen Moffat is, or why he deserves a thread. Maybe he's getting sacked from whatever job he has. Steven Moffat, on the other hand, isn't going anywhere.
You beat me to it. But I'll spell it out anyway. Stephen and Steven are two seperate names, although it is acceptable to use the Steve abbreviation for both names. Moffat is Steven, not Stephen.
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Old May 18 2013, 02:27 AM   #13
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The Bells of Saint John - 8.44 million
The Rings of Akhaten - 7.45 million
Cold War - 7.37 million
Hide - 6.61 million
Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS - 6.50 million
The Crimson Horror - 6.47 million

The latest episode has not recieved it's final ratings yet but will be around 6 million at the least.

I player news been released...

Doctor Who was the most requested programme on the BBC iPlayer for April with over 2 million requests for the second episode of 2013, The Rings of Akhaten.
The series opener, The Bells of Saint John, actually had more requests in total, but they were split across two months with 0.96 million accessing the episode in March and an additional 1.3 million in April making the episode 8th for the month..

In April, Doctor Who also took the 4th, 6th and 10th places in the top ten with Cold War having 1.65 million requests, Hide having 1.53 million and Journey to the Centre of the Tardis having 1.19 million requesting the episode in the 4 days it was available.
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Old May 18 2013, 02:48 AM   #14
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Wow, that article is making a lot of of nothing. The share is high. The AIs are still high. If they did fire him, it would be for slow script writing, not the reasons they state! Oh, and Smith has said he'll be around for the 8th season.

diankra, Matt Smith himself said that they'd start filming, with him, late this year or early 2014. I'm guessing he'd know. I hope he's right!

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Well, obviously Matt doesn't know for sure, or he'd know if it was 2013 or 2014 that he'd be back for next season. But I am assuming he is back for next season, just waiting to hear on shooting dates.
But my point is that if that's the case, then either Moffat is starting work on ideas for next year, or he's finishing work on the Christmas special'll that'll be his farewell, while the BBC settle the detail with a successor wh's already as good as chosen.
My guess is one more year of Matt and Moffat in 2014, but with one of them maybe bowing out in mid-season.
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Its come to a point where Series 1-4 have very little rewatch value to me because I'm constantly rolling my eyes.
I couldn't even finish Journey's End. Inexcusable.

The current series has its flaws (Rushed endings, no 2-parters, an underdeveloped arc) but it's so far ahead of say, Series 2 that it's unreal.
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